Buying a Reinforced Travel Crate for Pet Air Travel

Hi PetRelocation,
I need to fly my dog to Maine but I can't afford to spend $600 or more on the "IATA #82" reinforced crate plus the flight cost. Is there a place I can rent the crate for this one way flight?

I bought a plastic flight crate and have been told by United airlines that I need a reinforced pet crate for the flight. I do not have the funds to buy the crate and the flight ticket. I need some suggestions.
He is not an aggressive dog.
Hi Crystal,
Thank you for your question, we're sorry to hear about your troubles. Before we talk about crate options, we'd suggest double checking the regulations to make sure you actually need a reinforced crate meeting IATA container requirement #82.
According to United's website, a reinforced crate is needed for Pit Bull Terriers and other breeds sometimes classified as "aggressive" or who have strong jaws. You have mentioned that your dog is a Bull Terrier/Pointer mix, so unless he strongly resembles a Pit Bull or one of the other dogs on the list, you may be able to use a regular crate.
If not, unfortunately we don't know of any businesses that rent pet travel crates, however it may be possible to find a used one by searching eBay or Craigslist, etc. Here are some additional ideas for how to control the costs of a pet move.
Hopefully this is at least a little bit helpful! We know pet travel can be pretty stressful and would be happy to chat if you need some additional assistance (feel free to give our office a call at 1-877-PET-MOVE or fill out our online consultation form if so).
If any of our readers have ideas for Crystal, feel free to share them in the comments!
Pet Travel Question Details:
Name: Crystal
From: Los Angeles CA
To: Portland, ME
Pet: Chase; Dog Bull Terrier/Pointer mix; 1 yr; 60 lbs


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By Chris on June 11, 2018 at 1:15 am

Hi... looking to buy or rent IATA crate for pit bulls. Need to get her from AK to NY... 65 lb... thanks all.

By on June 11, 2018 at 10:27 am

Hi Chris! Here is a website where you can purchase a Zinger Crate. Hope this helps!

By Zsolt on May 16, 2018 at 11:02 am

Hi,My IATA 82 crate is still for sale if you are interested ˇ

By Cindy on June 10, 2018 at 12:37 pm

I am interested in purchasing your crate.. is it a large or Xlarge? Metal or wooden and what is your asking price. Cindy

By Zsolt on May 1, 2018 at 10:23 pm

Hi, I am selling my wooden IATA 82 crate for $350. It was used only once for my 62lbs staffy to ship him from Europe to CA. Size: 39.5"x20.5"x27.25"

By Shellese on May 2, 2018 at 1:16 pm

Hi, I am interested in buying your crate. Is it still available?

By Zsolt on May 4, 2018 at 1:02 am

Hi Shellese, Yes, it is still available.

By Barbara Garcia on March 19, 2018 at 9:06 am

Hi I'm moving from PR to FL after hurricane. I need one reinforced. If still available pls 6614169579. We have a Presa Canario our funds are limited. Thanks

By on May 2, 2018 at 11:53 am

Hi Barbara! Depending on the flight, you will likely not need a CR82 reinforced kennel. United has just announced they will no longer be accepting pit bull mixes on their aircrafts. The next best option would be to book a cargo plane (as opposed to a commercial aircraft) from Puerto Rico to Miami. If we arrange for this type of travel, your pup can travel in a plastic crate. In order for us to assist with your relocation, please fill out our Arrange A Move form here. Hope this helps!

By Lydia on February 24, 2018 at 6:16 pm

I desperately need an IATA CR-82 crate for my dog, we are relocating and I simply can’t afford a new one. If anyone has one that they can part with or sell cheaply please help me out, I refuse to leave my dog behind as we know what happens to most Pits. Hankyou in advance.

By Malika A Maat on January 11, 2018 at 2:49 pm

I desperately need a crate to send my pittbull to California with me from chicago. If anyone is selling their used crate please please email me thanks!

By Lindsey Williams on November 8, 2017 at 12:55 pm

I'm a realtor in Colorado helping my client get his hands on one of these military grade crates. I was trying to see how much these weigh to see if shipping one used to Colorado would even be possible. My client is moving from Colorado to Hawaii and has a 70 lb boxer/pit bull mix.

By on November 9, 2017 at 8:31 am

Hello Lindsey, thanks for reaching out!

It's hard to say how much the kennel will weigh, as it depends on the materials it is built out of (is it made out of wood or metal?) along with the size your client's dog will need. To give you a general idea, we've had these types of crate weigh anywhere between 50 lbs and 125 lbs.

We recommend searching for a vendor who makes these type of crates who would be able to give you a better idea of the shipping costs. Better yet, take a look at the IPATA website here to see if any pet-shipping companies in Colorado can help to provide this type of crate.

Best of luck to you and your client!

By Danielle on November 5, 2017 at 11:08 am

Hi all, I have a large IATA82 aluminum Impact crate i used only one time to move my pitty from DC to CA. I know how much of a pain this whole process is! I’d like to sell it to a pitty family in need. We bought it on amazon for $700, would be willing to sell it for $450. it fit my 60 lb female pitty with plenty of room to stand up and turn around. We live in los angeles.

By Glenda Siegrist on November 29, 2017 at 10:02 am

Dear Danielle:I am wondering if you sold your IATA82 crate. I need one to send my Staffie to Ecuador.Thanks, Glenda

By Robert on November 25, 2017 at 4:50 pm

If crate is still available, I'm looking to fly my pibble from San Diego to Philadelphia.

By Glenda Siegrist on November 29, 2017 at 10:05 am

Hello Robert:Did you find an IATA 82 Crate? If so, do you have it available to sell? I am looking for one to fly my Staffie to Ecuador.Thanks, Glenda

By Jamaal on November 6, 2017 at 7:33 pm

Hi I have a 55 pound female Pitbull that I am looking to try to get back home with me to Alaska. I currently live in Minnesota. Are you still looking to sell your crate?

By Glenda Siegrist on November 29, 2017 at 10:03 am

Dear Jamaal:Did you find a IATA 82 crate? Do you have other options for buying one? I need one for my staffie.Thanks,

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